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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: A Day to Remember / Audio CD released 2009-02-03 at Victory

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      09.07.2012 16:13
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      A very impressive album from a great band.

      A Day to Remember is an American rock band that I first came into contact with about 5 years back when the band covered Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'. Upon checking the band out further I became instantly hooked, and would now consider myself a big fan of the band. 'Homesick' is the band's third studio album and was released through Victory Records in 2009. The album consists of 12 tracks in total, including collaborations with members of the bands The Devil Wears Prada, The Acacia Strain, and VersaEmerge.

      The album kicks off with 'The Downfall of Us All', and instantly the band has you hooked with its blend of post-hardcore and pop punk. Combining incredibly catchy vocal melodies with harsher screamed/growled vocals, A Day to Remember shoots through this track with incredible style, and if you're a fan of either pop punk or post-hardcore then it's most definitely worth giving this track a listen, even if not the full 'Homesick' album as a whole. It's a very catchy song, and A Day to Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon really does have an absolutely brilliant voice, not just on record but also when you see the band live. 'The Downfall of Us All' kicks off the 'Homesick' album in fantastic style and for me at least is an absolute highlight of the album. Next track 'My Life for Hire' is not such an impressive one, with third track 'I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?' the band gets back on track however, and just like 'The Downfall of Us All', this is another very impressive track that combines pop punk with post-hardcore.

      'I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?' has an absolutely pulsating drumbeat throughout, and it's hard to listen to this one without tapping your foot along to the beat. This is a very impressive piece of music, and once again the supreme vocal flavour of Jeremy McKinnon really does put a smile on the face here. This track features Mike Hranica, lead vocalist of metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada, and his vocals combine very nicely with Jeremy McKinnon's to provide for an absolute aural delight. Out of the three collaborative tracks on the album ('I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?', 'Welcome to the Family', and 'If It Means a Lot to You'), I would have to say that 'I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?' is most definitely my favourite of the three, 'If It Means a Lot to You' is also a very strong track though and works very well as the final track on the album.

      'If It Means a Lot to You' showcases the band's more melodic side, there are no traces of the band's post-hardcore tendencies here, with the band instead opting to close out the album with a very mellow number. Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge's vocals really do work well here, and it's good to hear the dual vocal presence here, with Jeremy McKinnon's vocals coming together very nicely with Sierra's impressive female vocal styling. Instrumentally the band is impressive as always here, it's the vocals that really strike you about the music here however, with the vocals really making the track and making you want to come back for more. I've lost count of the number of times I've listened to this track over the years; it's one that I just keep on coming back to, as are many of the tracks on this album in fact, and 'If It Means a Lot to You' is a track that I'd wholeheartedly recommend to all, regardless of your musical preference. Whereas other A Day to Remember tracks may be targeted at a slightly more niche market, 'If It Means a Lot to You' is most certainly one of their tracks that I feel to be accessible to all.

      'You Already Know What You Are' and 'Have Faith in Me' are further highlights from the album for me; 'You Already Know What You Are' I feel has a very impressive instrumental progression, and although because it's quite heavy on the growlier side vocally and quite heavy instrumentally also it may not be for all, personally I absolutely love it. Although it's only 1 minute and 28 seconds long, the band seems to pack a lot into this small amount of time in order to provide for an extremely impressive piece of music. It's by far the shortest track on the album, nonetheless is still one of my favourites however, and is a good track to listen to if you're looking to let off a bit of steam sometimes. 'Have Faith in Me' meanwhile is double the length of 'You Already Know What You Are', and has a simplistic guitar presence at the start which makes me think of Blink-182 (perhaps one of the reasons that I initially warmed to this track so quickly, what with Blink-182 being my favourite band). 'Have Faith in Me' was actually one of the tracks released from this album as a single, and it's really not hard to hear why; this is an impressive, pop heavy track, is a catchy piece of music instrumentally and once again has the very impressive vocal presence of Jeremy McKinnon.

      In my opinion, Jeremy McKinnon is absolutely the best thing about the music of A Day to Remember, ands on the 'Homesick' album one of the things that really strikes me is his supreme quality as a vocalist. With many bands you'll find that they have a lead vocalist that really excels in one area whilst lacking in another, or you'll find many bands that have multiple vocalists in the band to achieve various different vocal styles; Jeremy McKinnon has an absolutely superb voice when singing his clean vocals however, as well as a stunning voice also when providing the shouts and growls. Jeremy McKinnon is a vocalist that can do it all, and do it all extremely well. 'Homesick' is an absolutely brilliant album combining elements of pop punk with elements of post-hardcore, it is instrumentally sound and there really is a lot to love about the instrumental side of things, often a singer can make or break a band however, and in the case of A Day to Remember, Jeremy McKinnon most definitely makes the band.

      A Day to Remember's 'Homesick' is most definitely an album that I'd recommended checking out if you're a fan of either pop punk or post-hardcore music, and if you are a fan of either of those genres then I definitely think that you'll like this album a lot. If you're not a fan of pop punk or post-hardcore however then still take my advice in giving 'If It Means a Lot to You' a listen though as I really do feel that this is a track that everyone would enjoy listening to at least once. 'Homesick' is a great third studio album from a brilliant band, and 'Homesick' is absolutely an album that takes pride of place in my music collection; quite often you'll find me listening to tracks from this album, and having already been listening to this album for a few years now, I can most certainly see me listening to this one for many years to come.

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        31.01.2011 01:14
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        Great album, worth getting

        A Day To Remember - Homesick

        A Day To Remember are an American band from Ocala in Florida. They formed in 2003. They have 4 studio albums: And Their Name Was Treason, For Those Who Have Heart, Homesick, What Separates Me From You.
        They are fairly popular in the 'Rock World' so people say, but even some of my friends haven't heard of them. I personally love them. I am seeing them live on the 2nd of February and can't wait.

        Band Members:
        Jeremy McKinnon
        Neil Westfall
        Kevin Skaff
        Joshua Woodard
        Alex Shelnutt
        Previous Members:
        Brandon Roberts
        Bobby Scruggs
        Tom Denney


        Track listing:
        The Downfall of Us All
        My Life for Hire
        I'm Made of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?
        NJ Legion Iced Tea
        Mr Highways' Thinking About The End
        Have Faith In Me
        Welcome To The Family
        Homesick
        Holdin' It Down For The Underground
        You Already Know What You Are
        Another Song About The Weekend
        If It Means A Lot To You
        Personal Favourites/Recommendations:

        The Downfall of Us All:
        This is the opening track, it's heavy but not heavy. It's got superb vocals and a brilliant rhythm/ beat to it. This song is played quite often on Kerrang! And Scuzz TV. One that people should give a chance. The screaming in this is understandable too, and it adds flavour to it.
        I'm Made of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?:
        Probably my second favourite track off the album, it's very catchy, hardly any screaming. Jeremy has a brilliant voice, it makes up for the fact that I find his face odd looking. Lyrics for this track are amazing. This is one that is totally worth the time, if you don't want to buy it of iTunes, check it out on you tube, you won't be let down. This track also features Mike Hrancia of 'The Devil Wears Prada'.

        Have Faith In Me:
        Top favourite. Had to be said, it's just amazing, flawless...can't beat it. The lyrics have meaning for me and the vocals are beautiful. I hope they play it live. One thing I seem to always focus on when I listen to this track is the drums. I don't know why. But they are brilliant and they captivate me, kind of. It's a superb track, I could sing praises about it forever but instead you should just go and take a listen to it for yourself.
        Holdin' It Down For The Underground:
        This starts off with a catchy rhythm and beat, the start vocals (screaming) could be better but they improve throughout the track. The chorus is extremely catchy, always find my foot tapping to the beat.

        If It Means A Lot To You:
        This is a beautiful acoustic track featuring Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge. She has a beautiful voice and in this track she sounds so amazing next to Jeremy. I honestly think that many of you people (rockers or not) would love this track so I recommend this one fully.
        The whole album is pretty much amazing. A lot of my reviews are mainly good ones because I always check out the tracks on youtube before I go out and buy the actual CD. This one I didn't though, it was on offer in the local music store and the guy said it was good so I took his word for it.

        Favourite Track: Have Faith In Me
        Favourite Lyric: 'You know I've got you like a puppet in the palm of my hand.' - I'm Made of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?

        Written by dooshbag08
        also posted on ciao under rockchick2k7

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        25.07.2010 16:05
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        A vital purchase for anyone looking to expand into heavier music

        Back again for their 3rd studio album, A Day to Remember have managed to keep the pop/hardcore style very much alive with their latest offering. This album clearly shows a new level of maturity within the cross over genre that the band have played a clear role in creating.

        In comparison to the previous album, For those Who Have Heart this album sounds more polished in terms of production quality; not important for some but it defiantly shows how far the band have come from their first album - And Their Names Was Treason.

        With all the touring this band does it comes as a surprise to me that the song writing has been done with such class, if this is the way the bands headed then I'm certainly supporting them every step of the way.

        Many bands fail to perform at their best live, this band manage to increase the energy of the music leaving everyone singing along; I can tell you this knowing that it is true after seeing this band four times. Do not let this album pass you by.

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        19.05.2009 01:08

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        Look out for their cover of "since you've been gone" MINT!!!!

        A day to remember are one of americas new and up coming bands to be seen in the uk today. With their third studio album Homesick just released this year it is already making a massive imprint on the uk market compered to their previous albums (which im not saying their bad). I think they have finally cracked it with this album as it produces a mixture of Hardcore chugging Intros,Breakdowns and Outros to the post punk Verses to the melodic choruses. There is definatly something here for every one to listen to dosent matter what genre you listen to. well worth buying / Downloading from all major download providers. Cheak them out !

        Previous to homesick there is one track to look out for, they covered it from Kelly Clarkson and it is called "since you've been gone" if you havent got it please download it. It is a track not to be missed!

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        12.04.2009 03:51
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        Listen to it! :)

        A Day To Remember's newest album released in 2009 through Victory Records, from what I have seen in my day to day life the album has had some slating but it certainly doesn't deserve it so I'm here to stick up for it!

        A Day To Remember are a band from Ocala, Florida and have 3 albums but still aren't that well known in the UK but I believe they are larger in the US, they have both screamo and soft songs so they can appeal to a large number of people and they always perform brilliantly including at live gigs :)


        Band members:
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        Jeremy McKinnon - Vocals
        Tom Denney - Guitar
        Neil Westfall - Guitar
        Joshua Woodard - Bass
        Alex Shelnutt - Drums


        Track list:
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        The Downfall of Us All :
        Heavy start to ease you in...Thanks to the music video for this song I can only imagine a grotesque police officer consuming a doughnut throughout the track (watch the video on youtube if this confuses you). When I can bring myself to to concentrate on the lyrics they describe how the town that ADTR are from held them back so they chose to leave and tour which brought them more success. Not the most memorable track to me but it's pretty catchy :)

        My Life for Hire :
        A track about being confused but knowing that someone has done you wrong and it's gone too far for you to forgive them so you have to move on and be your own person and stand up for yourself. Common formula of calmish verses with screaming interludes towards the end of the song used here :)

        I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What are You Made Of? :
        Another of my favourites, some screaming and shouting involved (I remember singing this in the queue for ADTR) and of course lots of guitar. The message is that the band know some people don't like them but they have the upper hand and can't be stopped. Plus it's always nice when a song ends with the band members proclaiming their love for eachother :)

        NJ Legion Iced Tea :
        More sound effects used than on other songs, it's all about their past year and the judgement they receive but they're not ashamed of anything. Short moments of shouting but a pretty calms song overall and something to reflect on (give them a chance) :)

        Mr. Highway's Thinking About the End :
        Fairly heavy song with screaming about how people change and you don't want to be associated with them anymore and how it feels like you're working for no gain. Screaming can be a little hard to understand at some points if you're not used to it. The usual threats screamed ti give a hardcore feel but also with a slow ending to show how anger quickly dissolves :)

        Have Faith in Me :
        A slowish start to tis song but with more drumming involved. The song appears to be about keeping promises and holding onto someone despite others being against you. Good combination of soft vocals and louder, heavier music :)

        Welcome to the Family :
        Screaming ang anger again! The theme that people judge others on things from their past but it doesn't matter because they are just as bad but it can be hard to forget them is portrayed here. It has elements of being one of the heaviest songs but the chorus balances it :)

        Homesick :
        The song that the album is named after; it's fast paced and about moving on but still letting people know you haven't forgotten about them but holding on never helps. Drumming is more obvious than other songs with heavy guitar and more echoey singing :)

        Holdin' it Down for the Underground :
        Screaming again, this time about how things might not work out how you planned, including people. Contains one of my favourite lyrics ever (*I put my greatest faith in fools, I turned my back and out came the wolves*) so I love the song and its mixture of screaming and singing :)

        You Already Know What You Are :
        A quick song about how it's easier not to expect anything from people because then you won't be disappointed as some people aren't trustworthy. Pretty heavy and the chorus is melodic and has meaning :)

        Another Song About the Weekend :
        A heartfelt song about sometimes feeling lonely when you don't see people for a while but one person believing in you can make a difference and help you remember who you are. Sweet song but still has the rock feeling :)

        If It Means a Lot to You :
        Perhaps my favourite song on the whole album. Beautiful, slow song with Jeremy dueting with Sierra Kusterbeck (VersaEmerge) about being sepearted from loved ones (most probably about the band being on tour) and how it sometimes ends a relationship. It's also about knowing that someone has to do something and you don't want to stop them but can't live without them. The music is so soft it almost sounds acoustic and Sierra's voice paired with Jeremy's is a perfect match, with a bit of crowd singing thrown in to bring across the message makes the track rather amazing :)


        Overall:
        *******
        ADTR's latest album proves to me that that they deserve more recognition and the album itself shows their formulas for music work. I love all the songs and different styles displaying how talented the guys truly are :)

        x x

        p.s Just so you know I don't think of myself as a music specialist, I don't know any technical terms, I'm just trying to promote ADTR and their songs. Also I only note the screaming so often because you may not like it, however I love it :)

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          20.03.2009 11:09
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          Great sound for any fan of this type of music

          A Day To Remember third Album 'Homesick' released February 2009 still contains the older Pop-Punk style they had in their last two albums but now contains a couple of more "Cleaner" songs. Already the album has already reached 21st in the top 200 listing and 1st on the top independant albums list from 21st of Feb.

          The Album contains 12 songs all written and played by A Day To Remember but also has guest apperances from three different vocalist's from other bands including 'The Devil Wears Prada' and 'VersaEmerge'.

          Already the Album has had two singles; Nj Legion Iced Tea and Downfall Of Us All. A Video was also made for Downfall Of Us All and is hinted to have more on the way.

          Overall this album goes well with the older albums if you liked their older style while still creating something new for the fans to enjoy.

          Recommened Songs;
          Downfall Of Us All
          I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What are You Made of?
          NJ Legion Iced Tea
          If It Means a Lot to You

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Downfall Of Us All
          2 My Life For Hire
          3 I'm Made Of Wax Larry What Are You Made Of
          4 NJ Legion Iced Tea
          5 Mr. Highway's Thinking About The End
          6 Have Faith In Me
          7 Welcome To The Family
          8 Homesick
          9 Holdin' It Down For The Underground
          10 You Already Know What You Are
          11 Another Song About The Weekend
          12 If It Means A Lot To You